What a shame that dessert wines are not fashionable these days – this is a category which Hungary excels in. Even outside Tokaj, just look at this late harvest Muscat from Mátra producer Gobri.
There is quite a lot of Muscat planted in Hungary and besides some very cheap, sweet(ened) versions it’s actually used for dry wines – that’s perhaps not the most common path for Muscat growing countries. And these dry versions can be good, very good.
Besides Aszú, Szamorodni is the other sweet flagship wine of Tokaj. It was the theme to our wine club early December (2019), on which occasion we tasted six of them, plus three other sweet whites blind. I’m gonna post the three I really liked in the next few days, starting with the Gróf Degenfeld Szamorodni Sárgamuskotály Selection 2017.
Late harvest sweet whites may not be popular at the moment, but they deserve more recognition. It’s a category that Hungary can make make really well. Continue reading